CRIMINOLOGY

INTRODUCTION

Each year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) releases the Uniform Crime Report (UCR). Since its inception in 1930, the UCR has attempted to measure the overall rate of crime in the United States by organizing “offenses known to the police.” To produce the UCR, the FBI relies on the voluntary participation of local law enforcement agencies. These agencies (totaling approximately 17,500) cover about 95 percent of the U.S. population. The UCR is broken into two distinct parts, Part I offenses and Part II offenses.

After completing this learning module, you will understand:

  • The purpose of the Uniform Crime Report, and
  • What constitutes Part I and Part II offenses
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